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"Sketch of Pushkin's Life and Works," by T. B. SHAW, 1845;
41 Foreign Quarterly Review" for May, 1832 ; " Blackwood's Maga-
rine" for June and July, 1845.

Poost or Post, post, (FRANS,) a Dutch painter, born
at Haarlem about 1615. He passed some years in Bra-
zil, the scenery of which he painted. Died in 1680.

Foot, pot, (HUBERT,) an eminent Dutch poet, born
near Delft in 1689, was a cultivator of the soil. He
published a volume of poems in 1716. He excelled in
Anacreontic poetry. Died in 1733.

See PAQUOT, "Me'moires;" DE VRIES, "Histoire de la Poe"sie
Hollandaise."

Pope, ( ALEXANDER, ) a popular English poet and
critic, born in London on the 22d of May, 1688, was a
son of a linen-draper. His parents were Roman Cath-
olics. In consequence of his sickly constitution and
deformed person, he was unfitted for active life. During
his childhood he resolved to be a poet His precocity
was remarkable. He says himself that he began to write
verses farther back than he could well remember. At
the age of eight he read with interest Ogilby's transla-
tion of Homer. He wrote his " Pastorals" at the age
of sixteen ; but they were not published until 1709.
Among his early productions are the " Essay on Criti-
cism," (1710,) which was praised by Addison, and "The
Rape of the Lock," (1711,) a mock-heroic poem, which
wxs much admired. His " Messiah," an exquisite poem
in imitation of Virgil's fourth eclogue, appeared in Ad-
dison's "Spectator" in 1712. In 1713 he issued pro-
posals for a subscription to a translation of Homer's
"Iliad," which was completed in 1718-20 and obtained
a great popularity. It is, however, far from being a
faithful translation. "It is a fine poem," says Bentley,
"but not Homer." About 1715 he became estranged
from Addison, whom he accused of conspiring with
Tickell, who had produced (in part) a rival translation
of the " Iliad." Pope revenged himself by writing the
keen, not to say malicious, satire on " Atticus." " He
was," says Macaulay, " a great master of invective and
sarcasm. He could dissect a character in terse and
sonorous couplets brilliant with antithesis." (" Essay
on the Life and Writings of Addison.") His talent for
satire is conspicuous in the "Dunciad,"(i728,( apoetical
work of much critical merit. He published in 1733 his
" Essay on Man," a philosophic poem, which has en-
joyed an extraordinary popularity, and which Bulwer
pronounces " unequalled in didactic solemnity and splen-
dour since Lucretius set to music the false creed of Epi-
curus." With the aid of Broome and Fenton, he translated
the "Odyssey," (1725.) He also produced admirable
" Imitations of Horace." He wrote, in prose, a number
of essays and letters, the style of which is considered
excellent "Pope's epistolary excellence," says Dr.
Johnson, " had an open field : he had no English i ival,
living or dead." In the latter part of his life he lived at
Twickenham, where he had purchased a house. He fa-
voured the Tory party and the Roman Catholic Church.
Among his intimate friends were Swift, Atterbury, and
Lord Bolingbroke. Died in May, 1744. He possessed
little originality or creative imagination ; but he had a
vivid sense of the beautiful, and an exquisite taste. He
owed much of his popularity to the easy harmony of his
verse, the keenness of his satire, and the brilliancy of
his antithesis.

"The Essay on Man," says Dr. Johnson, "affords an
egregious instance of the predominance of genius, the



dazzling splendour of imagery, and the seductive powers
of eloquence. Never was penury of knowledge and
vulgarity of sentiment so happily disguised. The reader
feels his mind full, though he learns nothing, and, when
he meets it in Its new array, no longer knows the talk
of his mother and his nurse." The same oritic pro-
nounces the " Rape of the Lock" " the most airy, in-
genious, and delightful of his compositions, and the most
exquisite example of ludicrous poetry. . . . He was
sometimes wanton in his attacks, and before Chandos,
Lady Wortley, and Hill, was mean in his retreat. His
malignity to Philips, whom he had first made ridiculous
and then hated for being angry, continued too long."
He was extremely addicted to artifice and insidious de-
signs. It has been said that "he hardly drank tea
without a stratagem." An edition of his works, with a
commentary, was published by Warburton, (9 vols.,
1751-60.)

See JOHNSON, " Lives of the Poets ;" a " Memoir of Pope," by
BOWLES, 1807; a "Memoir" prefixed to W. ROSCOE'S edition
of Pope's Works, 1824 ; R. CARUTHHRS, " Life of Alexander Pope,"



MENDELSSOHN, "Pope ein Metaphysiker,"
Letter to Murray on Bowles's Strictures, "



1757 : LORD BVROM,
i8ii ; THACKERAY,



'The English Humourists;" ALLIBONE, "Dictionary of Authors ;"
' Encyclopaedia Britannica," article " Pope," (by DE QUINCEY,) also
' Biographical Essays," by the same.

Pope, (JOHN,) an American general, born in Louis-
ville, Kentucky, March 16, 1822. He graduated at West
Point in 1842, served in the Mexican war, (1846-47,) and
commanded an expedition sent to survey the route of
the Pacific Railroad in 1854-59. He obtained the rank
of captain in 1856, and became a brigadier-general ol
volunteers in May, 1861. He captured New Madrid in
March, and Island No. 10 in April, 1862, with several
thousand prisoners. In June, 1862, he was appointed
commander of the Army of Virginia, composed of three
corps. He was promoted to be a brigadier-general in
the regular army in July, 1862. His army was defeated
by Stonewall Jackson at Manassas, or Bull Run, on the
29th and 3Oth of August, 1862. He retreated to Wash-
ington, and resigned the command, after which, until
1865, he was employed against the Indians in Minnesota.
He subsequently had command, successively, of several
military departments until his retirement, March 16,
1886. Died September 23, 1892.

Pope, (WALTER,) an English physician, born in
Northamptonshire about 1630. He was professor of
astronomy at Oxford from 1660 to 1687, and Fellow of the
Royal Society. He wrote " The Old Man's Wish," a
poem, (1693,) a "Life of Seth Ward," (1697,) and other
works. Died in 1714.

Popelin, pop'laN', (CLAUDIUS,) a French artist
and author, born at Paris in 1825. His paintings in-
clude some admirable allegorical works. He practised
the art of enamelling, which he described in several
works illustrated by himself. His literary labours
embrace "Cinq Octaves de Sonnets," (1875,) and
" Livre de Sonnets," (1888,) his sonnets being as
finely finished as his paintings and enamels. Died in
1892.

Fopelinlere, de la, d?h li pople'ng-aiR', (LANCE-
LOT Voisin vwa'zaN',) SIEUR, a French historian,
born in Poitou about 1540. He was an officer in the
Huguenot army, and wrote a " History of the Civil
War which began in 1562," (1571,) a work of some merit.
Died in 1608.

Popharn, pop'am, (Sir HOME RIGGS,) a British naval
officer, born in 1762. He commanded the naval forces
employed in the capture of the Cape of Good Hope and
Buenos Ayres in 1806. He became a rear-admiral in
1814. Died in 1820.

Fopham, (Sir JOHN,) an English judge, born in
Somersetshire in 1531, became chief justice of the king'i
bench about 1592. He had a high reputation as a lawyer.
Died in 1607.

Fopma, pop'ma, (AUSONIUS,) a Dutch philologist
and iurist, born in Friesland in \ff>\. He published a
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Poppae'a (pop-pee'a) Sa-bi'na, a Roman empress,
the wife of Nero, was more remarkable for beauty than
modesty. Died in 65 A.D.

Poppe, von, fon pop'peh, (JOHANN HEINRICH Mp-
RITZ,) a German scientific writer, born at Gbttingen in
1776. He published numerous works, among which are
a "Technological Lexicon," (5 vols., 1816-20,) and
" Neueste Handwerks- und Fabrikschule," (9 vols., 1827-
36.) Died in 1852.

Foppi, II. See MoRANDINI.

Poppig or Poeppig, pop'pic, (EDUARD,) a German
naturalist and traveller, born at Plauen, in Saxony, in
1797. He visited the West Indies and North and South
America, where he made valuable zoological and botan-
ical collections. He published in 1835 his " Travels in
Chili, Peru, and on the Amazon." In 1845 ne became
professor of zoology at Leipsic. Died in December,
1868. Poppig and Endlicher published a work on the
plants of Chili and Peru, " Nova Genera et Species
Plantarum," etc., (3 vols., 1835-45.)

See " Foreign Quarterly Review" for April, 1836.

Foppo, pop'po, (ERNST FRIEDRICH,) a German
scholar, born in Lower Lusatia in 1794, published
editions of Thucydides and other classics, and several
critical works. Died November 6, 1866.

Poquelin. See MOLIERE.

Forbus, poR'bus, (FRANS,) a Flemish painter, born
t Bruges in 1540. He painted portraits, history, and
genre with success. Died about 1582.

His father, PETER, born aj Gouda about 1510, was a
painter of history and portraits. Died in 1584.

Forbus, (FRANS,) THE YOUNGER, a skilful painter of
portraits and history, a son of Frans, noticed above, was
born at Antwerp in 1570. He worked mostly in Paris.
" His picture of the Last Supper," says the " Biographic
Universelle," " is one of the finest productions of the
Flemish school." Died in Paris in 1622.

See FLIBIHN. " Entretiens sur la Vie des Peintres."

Porcacchi, poR-kik'kee, (TOMMASO,) an Italian littt-
rattur, born in Tuscany about 1530. Among his works
are "The Most Famous Islands of the World," (1572,)
and " Ancient Funerals of Divers Nations," ( 1 574. ) Died
t Venice in 1585.

Porcellio, poR-chel'le-o, (PiETRO,) an Italian poet
and historian, was secretary of Alfonso, King of Naples,
in 1452.

Forchat, poR'shi', (JEAN JACQUES,) a Swiss writer
and translator, born near Geneva in 1800. He wrote
" The Mission of Joan of Arc," a drama, in verse,
(1844,) and translated the complete works of Goethe
into French. Died March 2, 1864.

Porcher, por'sha', (FRANCIS PEYRE,) M.D., an Amer-
ican physician, born in Saint John's Berkeley, South
Carolina, December 14, 1825, of a family of Huguenot
descent, graduated with honours at the South Carolina
College in 1845, a "d in '^47 lo k tne degree of M.D. at
the medical college at Charleston. He studied also in
France and Italy, and served in the Confederate hos-
pitals, 1861-65. His principal work is the interesting
" Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests," (1863.)
He also wrote " Medical Botany of South Carolina,"
(1849,) "Illustrations of Disease," (1860,) "Clinical In-
vestigations," (1861,) etc. Died November 19, 1895.

Forcheron, poRsh'rdN', (Dom PLACIDE,) a French
Benedictine monk, born at Chateauroux in 1652. He
edited a few old works. Died in 1694.

Porcia or Portia, por'she-a, [Fr. PORCIE, poR'se',]
a Roman matron, eminent for her magnanimity, pru-
dence, and fortitude, was the daughter of Cato, and
the wife of Marcus Brutus. Plutarch relates that she
inflicted a wound on herself to prove that she was
worthy to be the confidante of her husband in respect
to affairs of state. Died in 42 B.C.

Forden, (ELEANOR ANNA.) See FRANKLIN.

Pordenone, H, el poR-da-no'na, an excellent Italian
painter, whose proper name was GIOVANNI ANTONIO
Iiicinio (le-chee'ne-o) or Licino, (le-chee'no,) born at
Pordenone, in Friuli, in 1483. He assumed the name
of REGILLO. He was an imitator of Giorgione, and a
rival of Titian. It is not known who was his master.



He was a good colorist, and had great skill in design.
He painted frescos in Venice, Mantua, Cremona, and
Piacenza. His frescos (which represent subjects from
the New Testament) in the cathedral of Cremona are
highly praised. Among his best oil-paintings is his " San
Lorenzo Giustiniani with John the Baptist," etc., at
Venice. He died at Ferrara in 1540.

See VASARI, "Lives of the Painters;" LANZI, "History of
Painting in Italy :" RIDOLFI, " Vite degli illustri Pittori Veneti."

Pordenone, (GiULlo LICINIO,) a skilful painter, a
nephew and pupil of the preceding, was born at Venice
in 1500. He painted some frescos at Augsburg, where
he died in 1561.

For<6e, po'ra', (CHARLES,) a French Jesuit, born near
Caen in 1675, was professor of rhetoric at Paris for
thirty years. Voltaire was his pupil. He published
Latin tragedies and orations. Died in 1741.

For6e, (CHARLES GABRIEL,) a brother of the pre-
ceding, was born at Caen in 1685. He wrote "Histoire
de Don Ranuccio d'Aletes," (1736,) and other works
Died in 1770.

Forfirio. See PORPHYRY.

Forlier, poR-le-aiR', (Don JUAN DIAZ,) Marquis de
Mataro&a, a Spanish general, born in 1775. He fought
for the Cortes against the absolutists, by whom he was
taken prisoner and shot in 1815.

Porner or Poerner, poR'ner, (KARL WILHELM,) a
German chemist, born at Leipsic in 1732. He published
several works on chemistry and the art of dyeing. Died
in 1796.

Porphyre. See PORPHYRY.

Porphyriua. See PORPHYRY.

Porphyry, por'fe-re, [Gr. IIop^pioc; Lat. PORPHYR'-
lus; Fr. PORPHYRE, poRfeR'; It. PORFIRIO, por-fee're-o,]
a celebrated Neo-Platonic philosopher, born at Bata-
nsea, (Bashan,) in Syria, in 233 A.D. His original name
was MALCHUS or MELECH, the Hebrew and Syriac
for "king." Porphyrius signifies "purple," or "wearer
of purple." He was a pupil of Longinus, and perhaps
of Origen. About the age of thirty he went to Rome,
where he became a disciple and friend of Plotinus,
whose doctrines and mysticism he adopted. He edited
(or corrected) and arranged the works of Plotinus, at
his request. He wrote (in Greek) a famous work, in
fifteen books, against the Christians, which is not extant,
the emperor Theodosius having ordered it to be burnt
in the fourth century. Among his extant works are a
"Life of Plotinus" and a "Life of Pythagoras." Died
at Rome about 304 A.D.



HOHFHR, article in the " Nouvelle Biographic Generale."

Porpora, poR'po-rJ,(NlccoL6,)a distinguished Italian
musician and composer, born at Naples about 1686. He
composed successful operas, among which is " Ariana e
Teseo," (1717,) also oratorios, masses, symphonies, and
cantatas. About 1730 he went to London 4 to direct the
Italian Opera, and became a competitor of Handel. He
obtained much success in England, whare he remained
several years. Died at Naples in 1767.

See Fdris. "Biographic Universelle des Musiciens;" BfRNBY,
" History of Music ;" " Nouvelle Biographic Generate."

Porporati, poR-po-ra'tee, (CARLO ANTONIO,) an Ital-
ian engraver of high reputation, born near Turin in 1740
or 1741. He was admitted into the Academy at Paris in
1773. He engraved some of the works of Raphael, Cor-
reggio, and other masters. Died at Turin in 1816.

Porquet, poR'kJ', (PIERRE CHARLES FRANCOIS,) a
mediocre French poet, born at Vire in 1 728 ; died in 1 796.

Porro, por'ro, (GIROLAMO,) an Italian engraver, born
at Padua about 1520, worked at Venice.

Porro, (iGNAZio,) an Italian engineer, born at Pi-
gnerol in 1795. He settled in Paris about 1850. He
published a "Traite de Tachometrie," (1847.)

Por'se-na or For-seu'na, (LARS,) a famous prince of
Clusium, in Etruria. According to tradition, he marched
against Rome to restore the Tarquins about 508 B.C., bul
was checked by Horatius Codes, who defended a bridge
over the Tiber. It is the opinion of the best historians
that Porsena actually made himself master of Rome.



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Porsenna. See PORSENA.

For'spn, (RICHARD,) a pre-eminent Greek scholar
and critic, born in Noifolk, England, December 25,
1759. He was educated at Eton, and at Trinity CulK_;< ,
Cambridge, of which he was elected a Fellow in 1782.
He became regius professor of Greek at Cambridge in
1790 or 1792, with a salary of forty pounds per annum.
His scruples against subscription to the Thirty-Nine
Articles induced him to decline holy orders, and he was
compelled to resign his Fellowship in 1791. He had
i prodigious memory and great critical acumen, and was
remarkable for probity and love of truth. About 1795
he married Mrs. Lunan, a widow. He edited " Seven
Tragedies of /Eschylus," (1795,) and the "Hecuba,"
"Orestes," " Phcenissae," and "Medea" of Euripides,
(1797-1801.) In 1805 he was appointed librarian of the
London Institution. Among his works are " Letters to
Archdeacon Travis," (1790,) in which he maintained that
the seventh verse of the fifth chapter of John's First Epistle
is an interpolation, " Notes and Emendations on the
Greek Poets," (" Adversaria Notae et Emendationes in
Poetas Grsecos," 1812,) and an edition of the " Lexicon"
of Photius, (1822.) Died in London in September, 1808.
He is considered by the* English scholars, and perhaps
by foreigners, the greatest verbal critic of modern times.
" It may safely be conceded to common fame and partial
friendship," says Dr. Thomas Young, " that he was one
of the greatest men, ana the very greatest critic, of his
own or any other age." Porson was, according to
several authorities, addicted to intemperance in drink.
Like Dr. Johnson, he could practise abstinence more
easily than a moderate use of wine or ardent spirits.
Wonderful stories are told of his powers of memory.
He could repeat several pages of a book after he had
read them once.

See " Life of Porson," by J. S. WATSON, 1861 ; article on Porson
in the "Encyclopaedia Britannica," by DR. THOMAS YOUNG; "A
Vindication of the Literary Character of Porson," by CRITO CANTA-
BRIGIBNS1S, 1827 ; ALLIBONH, " Dictionary of Authors;" " Edinburgh
Review" for November, i8ti, and July, 1861 ; " Porsoniana, " Lon-
don. 1814: STEPHEN WESTON, "Short Account of the Late R.
Porson," 1808.

Forta, poR'ti, (BERARDO or BERNARDO,) an Italian
composer of operas, was born at Rome about 1755 ; died
in Paris in 1829.

Porta, (CARLO,) an Italian poet, born at Milan in
1776, wrote several popular poems. Died in 1821.

Porta, (GIOVANNI BATTISTA,) a skilful Italian sculp-
tor, born at Porlizza in 1542 ; died at Rome in 1597.
He is said to have been a son of Guglielmo, noticed
below.

Porta, (GIUSEPPE SALVIATI,) an Italian painter, born
t Castel-Nuovo about 1530, was a pupil of F. Salviati,
whose name he assumed. He settled at Venice, where
he painted frescos with success. He was employed by
Titian to decorate the library of Saint Mark. Among
his best oil-paintings is a " Descent from the Cross."
Died in 1570, or, as some say, in 1585.

See LANZI, "History of Painting in Italy;" TICOZZI, "Dizio-
uario."

Porta, (SiMONE.) See PORZIO.

Porta, della. See BACCIO.

Porta, della, dSl'la poR'ta, (GlACOMO.) a distin-
guished Italian architect and sculptor, born at Milan
about 1525. He built in Rome the portal of Saint
John Lateran, (about 1574,) the College della Sapienza,
and the fa9ade of Santa Maria de' Monti, (I579-) He
was subsequently employed to finish the basilica of
Saint Peter's, and, with the aid of Domenico Fontana,
constructed the vault (or roof) of the dome, after the
plans of Michael Angelo, (1588-90.) He died in the
pontificate of Clement VIII., (1592-1605,) aged about
seventy-five.

See VASARI, " Lives of the Painters and Sculptors :" FONTKNAV,
" Dicrionnaire des Artistes :" CICOGNARA, " Storia della Scultura ;"
QUATREMERE DE QuiNCY, " Dictionnaire d' Architecture."

Porta, della, ( GIAMBATTISTA, ) an eminent Italian
natural philosopher, was born at Naples about 1540.
He promoted the progress of physical science by found-
ing schools, and by experiments in optics, etc. He
was versed in the ancient languages. His house was the
eat of an academy called " I Segreti, ' which he founded



for the promotion of physical science. He invented
the camera obscura, and made improvements in lenses.
His principal works are "Perspectiva," (1555,) "Natura
Magic," (" Magia: Naturalis Libri XX.," 1558-89,) " Phy
tognomonica," (1583, a treatise on plants,) an abl
"Treatise on Physiognomy," (1586, often reprinted,)
"Villas Libri XII.," (on rural economy, 1592,) and " On
Refraction a Part of Optics," (" De Refractione Opticea
Parte," 1593.) Died at Naples in 1615.

See NiciRON, "Memoires;" GINGUBNB, "Histoire Litte'rairt
d'ltalie;" TIRABOSCHI, "Storia della Letteratura Italiana;" G. H.
DUCHESNE, "Notice sur la Vie et les Ouvrages de J. B. Porta,"
1801 ; COLANGELO, "Vita di G. B. Portt," 1818; " Nouvdle Bio-
graphic Ge'ne'rale."

Porta, della, (GUGLIELMO,) an able sculptor, born
near Como about 1512, was a nephew of Giacomo, noticed
above. He worked at Rome about 1550, and made the
mausoleum of Paul III. He was a favourite pupil of
Michael Angelo. Died about 1577.

Fortaels, poR-tils', (JEAN FRANgois,) a Belgian
painter, born at Vilvorde (Brabant) in 1820. He gained
the grand prize of Rome in 1843. Died in 1895.

Portal, poR'ttl', (ANTOINE,) BARON, a distinguished
French physician and anatomist, born at Gaillac (Tarn)
in 1742. He began to practise in Paris about 1765, and
obtained the chair of medicine in the College of France
in 1770. He published an important work on the " His-
tory of Anatomy and Surgery," (7 vols., 1770-7^,) and
became professor of anatomy at the Jardin des "Plantes
in 1775. He was first physician to Louis XVIII. and
Charles X. Among his chief works is " Course of
Medical Anatomy," (" Cours d'Anatomie me'dicale," 5
vols., 1803.) Died in 1832.

See PARISET, " Eloge de Portal ;" " Nouvelle Biographic Gen-
rale."

Portal, (PIERRE BARTKELEMI,) BARON, a French
administrator, born near Montauban in 1765. He was
minister of the marine from December, 1818, to Decem-
ber, 1821. Died in 1845.

Portalis, poR'ti'less', (AUGUSTE,) a French writer
and liberal legislator, born at La Ciotat in 1801, was a
nephew of Jean fitienne Marie. He wrote " Essays in
favour of Liberty of Worship." Died in 1855.

Portalis, (JEAN ETIENNE MARIE,) a distinguished
French jurist and minister of state, was born at Bausset
(Var) in 1745. He was an eloquent advocate before
the Revolution, and was imprisoned for his moderaiion
in the reign of terror. In 1795 he became a member of
the Council of Elders, in which he advocated humane
measures. He was one of the committee charged with
the redaction of the Civil Code in 1800, and became
minister of worship in 1804. Before this date he had
acquitted himself with credit in the task of reorganizing
the Roman Catholic Church in France. He published
several able political and legal works, and was a member
of the French Academy. Died in 1807.

See BLESSIG, " Geda'chtnissrede auf den Minister Portalis," 1807;
F. HACQUIN, " filoge historique de Portalis," 1845 : Louis LALLH-
MANT, " filoge de J. E. M. Portalis," 1861 ; " Nouvelle Biographi
Ge'ne'rale ;" RENE LAVOLLKE, " Portalis et ses CEuvres."

Portalis, (JOSEPH MARIE,) COUNT, an eminent states-
man and judge, a son of the preceding, was born at Aix
in February, 1778. He became councillor of state in
1808, and director-general of the press and book-trade
(librairie) in 1810. In 1819 he was raised to the peerage.
In the moderate ministry of Martignac he was keeper
of the seals from January, 1828, to May, 1829. He was
minister of foreign affairs from that date to August 7,
1829, and then became first president of the court of
cassation. He retained until 1852 this office, (the highest
judicial position in France,) for which he was qualified
by profound knowledge of public law and a union of
dignity in manner with suavity of temper. Died in 1858.

See MIGNET, " Notice historique sur la Vie de M. le Comte de
Portalis," 1860; " Nouvelle Biographic Geneiale. "

Forte, de la, deh IS poRt, (PIERRE,) a French courtier,
born in 1603, was a favourite agent of Anne of Austria,
and a valet-de-chambre of Louis XIV. He wrote " Me-
moires," which were printed in 1756. Died in 1680.

Porte, La. See LAPORTE and LA PORTE.

Por'ter, (ALEXANDER,) born in Tyrone county, Ire-
land, in 1786, settled in Louisiana, where he acquired a



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high reputation as a lawyer. He was appointed a judge
of the supreme court in 1821, and in 1833 was elected to
the United States Senate. Died in 1844.

For'ter, (ANNA MARIA,) an English novelist, bom at
Durham 'about 1781, was a sister of R. Ker Porter.
She resided successively in London, at Thames Ditton,
and at Esher. She wrote many popular novels, among
which are "The Hungarian Brothers," (1807,) "Don
Sebastian," (1809,) "The Recluse of Norway," (1814,)


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